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E343x – KPTV Interview & The Beer Mongers on St. Patrick’s Day!



Hey, I don’t know if you heard, but we were on the TV!

Don’t worry, you can watch it on the internet if you killed yours.  Here’s the link!
http://www.kptv.com/story/34939343/hear-portlanders-stories-on-stream-pdx

Also, Brock stops by the Beer Mongers (on SE Division & 12th) for St. Patrick’s Day!


E342 – David K’s Inclusive Sales Floor



David Kurushima is the Retail Manager for the Community Cycling Center, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon that aims to broaden access to bicycles for everyone, working to remove barriers that might keep someone off their ideal bicycle.  To that end, how do they design the bike shop experience for the best results?  David tells us about what he considers in this effort as he guides their staff and shop layout!

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
2nd Friday of every month: Indianapolis Bike Party
March 9: Thursday Night Ride #100! In Portland, OR
March 11: The Dalles Mountain 60!
March 17: transit driver appreciation day
March 23: The Timber Trail launch party
April 15: 10am, Ladd’s 500
May 5: Filmed By Bike
June 10: Clever Cycles turns 10!
June 11: Dads on Vacation
June 14: Bicycle exsmuss
July 7: The Steens Mazama 1000
July 15-16: The Seattle-To-Portland

Headlines
Help fund the Bike Hostel in Newton, Kansas!

From bikeportland.org via Steven B.: New ‘Friends on Bikes’ group wants to create a warm welcome for women of color

Who-Sent-Whom

Mail
From Josh G: geek rap about drop bars

From Eric:Is there etiquette for loading your bike on the bus when there are two slots open? And a voicemail!

From Mr.T, our resident bike geek on going to a compact double: “don’t overgear your way into a spinning Wheelhouse of Regret.”  Sheldon Brown gear inch calculations

From Keith H: Indiana is apparently the most liberated bike fun state

From Tomas Skadow: is Spinlister safe? (yes)

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathy at Cycling Walking Eating Talking, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, Brad Hipwell, Thomas Skadow, Christopher Barnett, Keith Hutchison


E340 – Ashley & Daniel Go To Cuba



Ashley & Daniel have been on the show before, and that’s when we learned they were planning a bike tour to Cuba.  Now that they’ve gone there and returned, we ask all the crucial questions about base camp in Havana, headwinds, pollution & climbing, buying internet, camping in the humid air, and what you do when you run out of money.  Read the ORbike article here!

Also: Brock took a weekend bike trip to camp in a yurt, and Ross went to the 2017 Chariot Wars.

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
February 25: Open Signal, Portland Community Media Open House
February 26: Chilly Hilly ride in Seattle
February 27: Menagerie In Motion Kinetic Derby, Gainesville FL
March 11: The Dalles Mountain 60!
March 23: The Timber Trail launch party
April 15: 10am, Ladd’s 500
May 5: Filmed By Bike
June 11: Dads on Vacation
June 14: Bicycle Chrissmus
July 7: The Steens Mazama 1000

Headlines
Tyesha from Open Signal on OPB’s Think Out Loud!

Who-Sent-Whom

Mail
Thomas sends EXTRA donations and asks us to buy good beer.  Thanks!

STREAM PDX sends us a thank-you note which we pass on to you, our donors!

Kirk: Hey @SprocketPodcast
Do hip Portlanders use this umbrella technique as seen all over Japan?

Tim from Pedalshift went car-free!

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathy at Cycling Walking Eating Talking, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, Brad Hipwell, Thomas Skadow


E330 – Matt Reinvents the Mini Mart



Matt Brown is an old friend of Brock’s, and in addition to his impressive career in the coffee industry, he’s just pioneered a new concept in convenience stores: Mini Mini, offering a simple yet satisfying solution to your immediate needs for food and beverage on your way to the next thing.  We chat about that, and cover stolen band equipment and coffee on the way!  And listen carefully at the 1:13:10 mark for a special offer for listeners…

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar
December 9,10: STREAM PDX Fundraiser Party and 24-Hour Podcast Challenge Screening
December 11: Kimmy Cross at The Beer Mongers! (Brock and Aaron play “black knights”)
December 18: Puddlecycle, Grinch Singalong Ride
December 23: Silent Soltice Ride
December 25: Puddlecycle, Empty Streets Downtown Ride
February 27: Menagerie In Motion Kinetic Derby, Gainesville FL

Headlines
From cyclingindustry.news via Josh G.: Larry vs Harry starts global cargo bike partnership with DHL
From dirtysixer.com: Shaq rides a DirtySixer in ad

Mail
Via the facebooks: Ryan Tracy rated your podcast 5 stars!
From Phil in AK: congrats and challenge for apparel, new ice beard.

From Superfan Aqua: “Finally saw that Pugsley. That thing is badass!”

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky,Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows,Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, subvrt


E316 – Steve Banfield’s New Take on Carsharing



Steve Banfield is the man leading ReachNow out of the planning room and into the future to provide a new take on point-to-point car rentals, and it turns out it’s an approach that is not only smart, but also promises to be classy, easy, spacious, benevolent, and perhaps even someday autonomous!  We chat about the fleet of BMW and Mini vehicles that will be rolling out in Portland this week, how they can help meet the transport needs of low-car lifestyles, and what it’s like to take your mom to the top of the Space Needle.  “Free-floating car share” for the win!

Also: Brock and Aaron did the #freshhopcentury!

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar
September 10: 50 States & 13 Colonies from Tim Mooney
September 17: Tour de Brew
September 17: Brock’s band – Seventy Six 10 year album anniversary show
September 24: 4-10pm The Portland Hawthorne Hostel’s 13th Annual Bike-In Movie: Rising from Ashes **For full ride details and ride RVSP go here:https://www.facebook.com/events/503994316458125/
October 1: Dr. Something EP, Rustic Machinery release party

Headlines

BY JOCELYN GAUDI: A REFLECTION OF SEVEN YEARS SPENT CYCLING IN PORTLAND
FROM BRANDEN SHELBY: THE EXBURY EGG

From citilab.com: Bad Trains, Explained
From oregonlive.com via dudeluna: Forest Grove police log: Nothing illegal about ‘mobile grilling’

Mail

Aaron Green donated some more money, Thanks!

Aqua Gives us 5 Stars on iTunes, Thanks!

Jalet F on our Metrofiets riding: “Like driving a Corvette Stingray with all that nose out ahead. :)”

Soon-to-be field reporter Jim Goodin on CitiBike

Jay Ting Walker is torn…listen while riding or not?

From Patrick Archain: “The good mood [on E313] was contagious and brought many smiles.”

From Mac-Nurse David: you gonna play at the Disaster Relief Trials?

Phil writes in!  He’s a badass with a bear on his back, as usual.

Brian Benson has a favor to ask: rate Going Somewhere on Goodreads
BONUS POINTS: Rate the book.
DOUBLE BONUS: Write a review!

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman,Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory Closz, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen


E305 – Daniel, Leah, Aaron



Leah Benson and Dan Harkins are in the studio!

Calendar
July 16: Brompton Urban Challenge!
July 16: 7:00am at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Hosted by Livable Streets Action, an affiliate group of BikeLoudPDX
August 11: Pam Nichols Art Show at Western Bike Works Tigard 6pm
August 14: Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt

Headlines
From Cascade Bicycle Club via John in Goldengale: Sound Transit Board of Directors approves updated ST3 plan for November ballot

From Car2Go: car2go and the Portland airport

Mail
New donor: Jeremy Kitchen, thanks!

From PBJ Matt:
I’m very impressed with Will’s rain barrel system. I myself have two 50 gallon containers (much like the one he is giving away), and while I usually have enough to water my garden and small trees & plants through the dryer stretches, have found with the lack of rain recently that I am running close to empty. May have to consider an upgrade, as well!

From Johnny K: In Florida we have to be careful with rain barrels due to the mosquito’s.

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman,Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory Closz, Michael Flournoy


E287 – Adam Newman: Bicycle Times



Adam Newman is the editor of Bicycle Times magazine, a succinct and informative publication that offers the latest news and buzz in simpler mobility, particularly in areas of interest to people that prefer a lifestyle approach to their favorite mode of transport.  We ask him what it’s like to report on a personal interest, and what he likes to do on bikes!

Brock decided not to buy a truck & Aaron probably has a house!

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar
Public Process hearings recommended by Chris Smith (listen to E285 for details!):

PSC Hearing on TSP
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 2500 SW 4th Ave
Tuesday, March 8th (meeting as 12:30pm, agenda item time TBD)

PSC Hearing on TSP
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 2500 SW 4th Ave
Tuesday, March 22th (meeting as 5pm, agenda item time TBD)

Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments
City Hall Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave
Thursday, April 14 2016, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Lumberjack (Brock’s band) playing The Old Gilbert Road Tavern March 4!

4/5/16 7pm humanity On wheels 3 from kick ass oregon history and trimet diariesat the Jack London bar!  Including music by Dr. Something

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
mail things to:

Brock Dittus/The Sprocket Podcast
℅ IPRC
1001 SE Division St
Portland OR 97202

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman,Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw


E284 – Jude Gerace: Sugar Wheel Works



Jude Gerace is the proprietor of Sugar Wheel Works; we chat about what keeps us rolling, but first talk about bicycle storytelling event Live the Revolution, which she helped to start, and then cover wheel building and what she uses hers for.

Also: Aaron is still looking for a house, and Brock went to Eugene for the weekend.

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

headlines

Lumberjack (Brock’s band) playing The Old Gilbert Road Tavern March 4!

4/5/16 7pm humanity On wheels 3 from kick ass oregon history and trimet diariesat the Jack London bar!  Including music by Dr. Something

surly, via Wayne: Don’t Be a ****

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Alex on twitter wonders about Aaron’s phone setup.

Rob & Eric talk about Strava & GPS art!

Wayne shares Liz Thomas’ PDX urban hike plans.

Phil in AK has good things to say about South Dakota’s Badlands and running without a phone.

Richard congratulates PDX on finally getting a bike share program.

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
mail things to:

Brock Dittus/The Sprocket Podcast
℅ IPRC
1001 SE Division St
Portland OR 97202

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman,Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Gabriel Trainer, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw


E281 – Renee T: West End Transit (or, Squatchin’ By Bus)



Renee works to make sure there is transit access to popular outdoors destinations in the Columbia River Gorge by helping to manage outreach and marketing for the West End Transit (WET) Bus in Washington State’s Skamania County!  Get to the trailhead without a car with the help of Friends of the Columbia Gorge!

Brock climbed 3200 feet and saw Peter Koonce, and Aaron stared at a “family” meeting in Mexico, and is looking for a house to move into.

headlines

4/5/16 7pm humanity On wheels 3 from kick ass oregon history and trimet diariesat the Jack London bar!

Microcosm Publishing turns 20! Fabulous local punk startup celebrates the anniversary on February 12 2016, 5pm at Velo Cult, and Joe Biel gives a reading at Powell’s Books Hawthorne on February 11 2016, 7:30pm

From Momentum via PBJMatt: South Dakota is fighting with Missouri over the dumbest cycling laws

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Johnnyk made us a Roku: https://my.roku.com/add/TheSprocket

“Well I hope you don’t shoot me but I listen to your podcast through my TV.”

Sebastien loved Nathan’s “ripping yarn” about CA travel.  Made him think of this classic picture:

And Scott liked our f*** CA outro; was more offended that we forgot he lived there!

Eric Iverson: “I’m obviously on board for a #kingofdivision ride to Oxbow park w/@kingofdivision &@SprocketPodcast! #pedalpalooza ?”

Josh G wants a commenrtary on the Chinese bike racing movie “To the Fore”?

Fine Print

music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
mail things to:

Brock Dittus/The Sprocket Podcast
℅ IPRC
1001 SE Division St
Portland OR 97202

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman,Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Gabriel Trainer, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw


E279 – Joe Biel: Good Trouble



Joe Biel has been running Microcosm Publishing, an independent book and ‘zine publishing organization, for twenty years in many locations and iterations, starting with a milk crate he took to music venues that hosted punk shows.  Now he has released his memoir, Good Trouble, about his experience building that history and how it was influenced by his adult diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome.  We’re glad he’s kept at it, and joined him at his house to chat about his perspective on the world through the lens of simpler living!

Several anniversary events for Microcosm are planned – a reading on February 11 2016 at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne (Joe’s guest post on their blog here, too!) anda party at Velo Cult Bike Shop & Tavern on February 12 2016!